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Gov. Susana Martinez appoints ENMU regent

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Ed Tatum, of Clovis, has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents.

Lawyer Ed Tatum of Clovis, newly appointed ENMU regent.

A founding member of the Clovis law firm Tatum and McDowell, Tatum also was the husband of the late Susan Tatum, an ENMU regent who passed away in February.
“I am very excited and honored to assume the position of my late wife, who did wonderfully,” said Tatum. “I’m looking forward to working with the new administration at Eastern and continuing to make ENMU the best university in New Mexico and the surrounding states.”
The new president for ENMU, J.S. Elwell, said he met Tatum at an ENMU Foundation summer barbecue.
“I think he’ll do a great job, and I look forward to working with him, starting with the Sept. 14 meeting,” Elwell said.

Dan Patterson, president of the Board of Regents, said, “Mr. Tatum is very familiar with the University and its programs. In addition, his background includes a tremendous amount of leadership skills and experiences that will be beneficial to the ongoing success of the board and the University.”
Patterson added that Tatum has been a supporter of ENMU for numerous years.
Tatum served as the vice president and director of the Curry County United Way from 1972 to 1978 and president and director of the Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development in 1982. He was a member of the New Mexico Corrections Commission from 1977 to 1980.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972 and was an attorney member of the Judge Advocate General Corps for the Air Force Reserve from 1972 to 2001.